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Poster: c-freedom Date: Dec 22, 2013 10:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: New Potato Caboose

O.K. then --What is your last show??

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Poster: deyzof49 Date: Dec 23, 2013 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

Bickershaw 72. Acid ingested on arrival noon Friday, repeated daily with lots of dope. I have vague memories of a devotee of Lord Krishna giving me a joss stick to burn, the crowd shouting at me to sit down as I headed for the stage, convinced that Hank Williams was up there, Lovesick Blues playing in my head. I spoke to a guy with cardboard sheets under his arm, he said they were for roaches, then he turned into a scaley lizard. Seemed reasonable at the time.
There was a high diver who dove into a pool of water, repeated at night when he and the pool were on fire was quite impressive.
The festival was held on a piece of derelict mining ground. It rained and and rained. The idea that people danced around bonfires in an ecstactic communion with music and the cosmos? People burned assorted trash to keep warm from the drugs exhaustion and malnutrition.
This was mining country. I know the smell of slag heaps and Bickershaw as beautiful as it was, was no California dream.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 23, 2013 9:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

https://archive.org/details/gd94-12-18.akg.ladner.13530.sbeok.shnf
To show how my interest had waned, I only went to the middle 2 of this 4 night run .
An OK show, for the era . The night before had Branford . I need to re-listen to this, might be better than I though at the time . Of note: the short post drums section . When they went into "The Last Time", this head in front of me whips his head back with a painful closed eyed grimace . I don't know if it was the song ( I never though this was a good cover ,love the RS original) or the fact that they had already played it on the first night , but his look said it all .
Almost to makeup for that, they do "Attics"(only one I saw) . The JBG was pretty lame , BUT short . And how many time after the Garcia ballad, was it a slog though another Throwing Stones, or "Jimmy Buffet" style "Good Lovin'", and you secretly were waiting for it to end ...
And the last song I saw the Grateful Dead play, and Garcia sing, was "It's All Over Now , Baby Blue " . Almost too perfect of an end .

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Dec 23, 2013 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

I was at this gig as well. Agree with pretty much everything you said As I remember the El Paso was the first set highlight. Jer was definitely fading but he does give it is all on that baby blue.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 22, 2013 10:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

My last show was an over 3 hour pearl jam show in oakland a few weeks back, but my last gd show was this - and it fucking sucked. watching a dying man go thru death rattles on stage was not fun.

Set 1
Feel Like A Stranger
Stagger Lee
Minglewood Blues
High Time,
If The Shoe Fits
Black Throated Wind
Bird Song,
Promised Land)

Here Comes Sunshine,
Samba In The Rain
Women Are Smarter
Eyes Of The World->
Drums-> Space-
> The Last Time->
Black Peter->
Around & Around,
E: Liberty

Jerry was utterly lost during round and round. only good thing about show was watching wake forest play oklahomea state on big screens thru glass in luxury boxes. tim duncan v bryant reeves

it took me YEARS after this show to listen to anything affiliated with the grateful dead.

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Dec 23, 2013 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

Hey Blue Devil;

There is no doubt in my mind that after Bruce Hornsby left the Dead just had very little gas left in the tank.
I find it interesting though that Jerry Band (at least to my ears) still had a sweetness to it.
I just don't get the vibe at most other concerts that I got at a Dead Show.
I caught the Black Sabbath concert tour this summer and it was good music but almost zero community.
This question ended up being very difficult for me to answer and I realized that after late 1992 toward early 1993 I just didn't care if I was getting into the show.
So I just checked out of the whole scene and then two years later after a great day of boogie boarding I hear my local rock station playing an obscure dead tune and I know even before the D.J. says anything that it's over.
I actually could not figure out when the last show was that I attended.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 23, 2013 9:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

I found really strong community vibes similar to the dead (not the music, the sense of community) at wilco, pearl jam, mumford and sons, and my morning jacket shows over the past decade.

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Dec 23, 2013 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

"There is no doubt in my mind that after Bruce Hornsby left the Dead just had very little gas left in the tank."
Mine either, although I never looked at it that way.

From some of Bruce's comments about Jerry's lack of focus (don't remember the exact quotes), I wonder if Jerry's was already having problems due to diabetic neuropathy. Ya know, ya can't play guitar if your finger nerves don't work like they used to.

Peace & Love to all!

PS to my diabetic friends: It looks like a year or 2 of thiamine (B-1) has been shown to reverse the nerve damage that high blood sugar does to your extremities, eyes, & kidneys. If we had only known this 25 years ago....

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Poster: deyzof49 Date: Dec 23, 2013 3:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

One and only show Bickershaw 72

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Dec 23, 2013 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

The Atlanta Fox show which they just released. Obviously, as a early phase head, I didn't think much of it. But on tape, the playing IS good. Before that, the Dec. 1973 Cleveland show with the longest (though certainly not best) Dark Star--without being padded by ten minutes of drums.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 23, 2013 11:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

How about an intense three minutes of "insect noise"?

I love that phrase; it applies to about 4 min of the all time (mine) fav, 9-19-70, when there is a jolt/short/buzz at times, but it so quickly leads into other interesting stuff, it's tolerable...even now, I enjoy it (I actually cut that one down to 15 min of the "good stuff" once...).

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Dec 23, 2013 12:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

Insect fear? Sometimes the insects got into the amps, and sometimes they placed them there on purpose. I do love 9-19 (true, I was there), but that's one where they left the script in the dressing room. The best.

Happy Holidays, W.T., and a Merry 8-26--er . . . 4-29 to all.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 23, 2013 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

Hey, right back at ya, flower doc! Enjoy the weather thereabouts, as I heard it was warming up after the most recent "big chill" (sisters in Lexington now days).

Take care--always a pleasure.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Dec 23, 2013 6:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

'Twere it but true. We had two days of warm rain; now the cold sun is coming--and I've got the flu.

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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Dec 23, 2013 2:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

I never got to see the original lineup (I was 20 when Jerry died, and more into punk in those days), but the last related show I saw was Further in Atlanta in...2011?

Yeah, I think that sounds right.

Last show I saw was Sarah Jarosz...and great googly moog I'm definitely a convert. She is soooooooo good.

Great voice, great musician, is somewhat traditional folky/bluegrass but does interesting covers (Radiohead, The Decembrist, etc), and has a great time playing.

An absolute pleasure, and I recommend checking her out.

Here's her take on a Dylan tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-rHaTAsSTs

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 23, 2013 2:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

The economist Paul Krugman is a BIG fan of hers - has posted about her a bunch (not that should encourage or dissuade folks). I saw her latest release made a bunch of year end best americana releases.

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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Dec 23, 2013 5:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

Yeah, she's not exactly a hidden gem these days :)

I think I had a moment at her show that many of you had with The Dead.

I think seeing her at a tiny venue helped (Eddie's Attic)...but when she started to sing I got chills and starting thinking "damn, that voice is just a few feet away from me and it's real".

Haha, ok, that's a piss-poor explanation, but it was something I've never experienced at a show before.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Dec 24, 2013 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

I know exactly what you mean. Shortly after my wife and I moved to Honolulu we went to an outdoors Folk Life festival - lots of canvas tents scattered around the park with folks doing their thing. Hawaiians showing off their culture. I remember standing in front two older BIG dudes sitting there in t shirts and shorts with beat-up guitars singing falsetto harmonies on some gorgeous songs. Raised the hair off of my neck. And made me a convert to this day. They call it chicken-skin moments over there.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 24, 2013 2:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

Eddie's Attic in Decatur? I have seen many, many shows there with kevn kinney/drivin n cry in/david franklin over the years - but many years back now...

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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Dec 25, 2013 2:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

Yeah I remember odd things and remember a few of your posts talking about Atlanta's old punk scene and some other things.

I think I mentioned this in another post but Eddie is no longer involved with Eddie's Attic.

Alex Cooley and his business partner own it now.

Eddie now runs the Red Clay Theater in Duluth. It's a much bigger room,but sooooo far away!

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Poster: Pig Street ! Date: Dec 23, 2013 5:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

https://archive.org/details/gd94-07-16.ams.wiley.7461.sbeok.shnf

Reviewer: Street Pig - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - July 7, 2005
Subject: last show
I remember having the same thought I had in 76' after my first show, "I better see this band again before they are no longer together" I'm glad they gave me another 18yrs of travel, fellowship and vibes for a lifetime. I went to both nights,CR&S a favorite opener was not as prominent as usual. Out of both nights this one was better, not much into Vince but can't be too picky. Stella Blue has always been my favorite, Liberty stuck in my head for many months afterwards, Traffic was a good polished crowd pleasing set ,but da boys were better, still performing the best they could, over & over again. Miss ya Jer!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 23, 2013 8:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

Phoenix 1993.

They came through again in 94 but there was no way I could put myself through that again. Always surprises me to read reviews of the 93 show. Many folks give it 4 and even 5 stars. They were obviously at a different show than I was. Shows how subjective "reviews" can be. I will always remember standing in front of a urinal during a particularly un-heartfelt rendition of a particularly un-remarkable song bugging on some chemical enhancement and thinking that for me the time had most definitely come to hop off the bus. And like others have said, after that night I don't think I listened to any Dead for a very long time. Maybe even until Jerry passed; it took that long to get the bad taste out of my mouth. That's right: I was Lewinsky-ed by the Dead.
Before those shows the last time I had seen them was the Boston Garden run in 91 and I wish I had stopped then, but as they say, hindsight is 20/20. And in this place, your hindsight BETTER be better than average.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 23, 2013 2:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

Oh yeah, I have a crook in my neck you wouldn't believe from all the looking over my shoulder I've been...been...ah, crap...another entry, er another opening...I am tired of being that easy; furgitaboutit.

Anyhooz, I passed on all those post 82, summer at Compton terrace in the dust (bowl) shows cause it just wasn't worth all the dirt and dust caked into my hair, ya know? I didn't go to any after CT moved down there along I-10; mine were close the zoo...

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 23, 2013 7:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

You, sir, are the Christmas gift that keeps on giving. The marvelous buffet of soft balls you have served up is tuly tempting, but I would feel guilty hogging all of them to myself. So, in the spirit of the holidays, I will allow someone else to play with your balls.

Ah, the good ol days of having hair that dust could get caked in. Memories.

Outside concerts in Phoenix? Very tough to pull off. Now, a Dead show in Sedona? THAT would have been awesome.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 23, 2013 1:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

My last show, a la BD's comment, was a local blues/jazz band a few weeks ago.

My last GD show was a better note to go out on than BD's, I'd say. Jerry was still not visibly ill -- to my eyes, anyway, although I'm sure those who knew him or were more aware would have seen it differently.

Touch Of Gray
Little Red Rooster
Peggy-O
Queen Jane Approximately
Ramble On Rose
Cassidy
Don't Ease Me In

Playin' In The Band->
Eyes Of The World->
Corinna
Terrapin Station
Jam-> Drums-> Jam->
The Other One->
Morning Dew
Gloria

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Poster: BVD Date: Dec 23, 2013 11:15am
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Last show-Just this past Saturday night at a tiny venue in Auburn Ca. Melvin Seals. Great show, great time with my son. Last Dead show was spring or summer 94 at Cal-Expo. Have very little memory of it. A note on Cal-Expo however, This venue was always a cool mellow vibe and a nice place to see the boys. Never had a bad time there.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Dec 23, 2013 4:13pm
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12/9/89 at the Fabulous Forum in LA and I don't remember shit - I moved to Honolulu three weeks later and that was that. I guess I missed the 90's revival and collapse, but I had a great sun tan.

Otoh, Jerry came to Hawaii 5 months later and that was wonderful. He seemed so happy and relaxed. Jerry in black of course (an Aloha shirt). The Waikiki Shell was one of the nicest places I have ever seen a show in. I just discovered a pic of the show. If you look at the picture, that's Diamond Head in the background. Imagine turning to your right and looking straight at Diamond Head crater about 2 blocks away. Yowsa.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R19fV5Hnlj8/T8ZEnLzG4II/AAAAAAAAET0/w8A5RzASlqE/s400/waikiki.1961.jpg

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Poster: GerryO Date: Dec 23, 2013 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

This 1972 Sunday afternoon show in San Jose.

https://archive.org/details/gd1972-08-20.sbd.miller.83733.flac16

Just not the same as in '70 at the Fillmore West and in '71 at Winterland, and with Pigpen and two drummers too.

I still kept buying their albums and listening to shows broadcast on radio.

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Poster: merryjerry1 Date: Dec 23, 2013 1:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Potato Caboose

The PITB and TOO from this show are monsters. Hell, the Truckin' is pretty hot too.